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MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program – Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th! Posted on Feb 7

MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program - Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th!

I was online last night with the MassCUE Professional Development Committee when I was asked by a committee member to help him explain, using clear bullet points, for his district and school leaders why they should apply for cohort 2 of the Leadership in Blended   …Continue Reading MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program – Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th!

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families Posted on Oct 26

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families

One of my freshmen stopped me while I was passing out papers one morning. “Ms. Lander,” he said — half accusing, half amused — “You texted my father?!” “I did indeed,” I admitted. And then, curious, I asked, “What did he say?” “He asked me   …Continue Reading Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families

Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit Posted on Oct 4

Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit

On Friday, September 23, administrators, teachers, and curriculum specialists from around the New England region met at Amazon’s offices in Cambridge for the #GoOpen regional summit hosted by the North Reading Public Schools. For district leaders and educators interested in open educational resources (OER) and how these   …Continue Reading Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September Posted on Aug 18

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

North Reading Public Schools in North Reading, MA will host a #GoOpen Regional Summit on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Amazon Offices in Cambridge, MA. Attendance at the one-day summit is free. The #GoOpen Regional Summit will provide an opportunity for classroom teachers, school   …Continue Reading Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom Posted on Jun 28

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom

At West Springfield Middle School, teachers began the 2015-16 school year with the arrival of over 700 brand new Chromebooks and wireless internet service. Coupled, with existing desktops, our building quickly gained a 1:1 ratio of students to computers. We quickly sorted the Chromebooks into   …Continue Reading Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom

Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science Posted on Jun 10

Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and I’ve got to say, I’m kind of freaking out. Not that the school year is done – I’m good with that, but I’m “concerned” about next year. MA Science Standards for grades 6-8 have changed   …Continue Reading Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science

In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs Posted on May 4

In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs

Eighteen Massachusetts teachers epitomize the dedication and hard work that Teacher Appreciation Week celebrates. These eighteen educators are enrolled in the “Teaching and Developing an Online High School Course: Fundamentals” course offered by the Office of Digital Learning. Recognizing the value of digital learning, these   …Continue Reading In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs

Speed dating: How technology met professional development Posted on Apr 27

Speed dating: How technology met professional development

Thanks to the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant, we started this school year with dramatically improved Wi-Fi and over 600 new Chromebooks, 1 for each student at Lawrence School. For the pioneers in our building, this was a long-awaited dream come true. Yet for a good   …Continue Reading Speed dating: How technology met professional development

Five mistakes teachers make when using technology Posted on Apr 6

Five mistakes teachers make when using technology

In the 2014–2015 school year, I used 22 different technology tools with my students and I made a lot of mistakes. New technology promises better student engagement and enhanced learning. But when a teacher first uses any tool in the classroom there are certain things   …Continue Reading Five mistakes teachers make when using technology

Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant galvanizes changes at R.C. Mahar Posted on Mar 30

Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant galvanizes changes at R.C. Mahar

The DCPS Grant provided the R.C. Mahar School District the capital to catalyze a lot of progress that we had planned on making as we continue to incorporate technology in our schools, classrooms, and teaching.